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Shepherding the Seriously Ill: 3 Workshop Takeaways

Shepherding the Seriously Ill: 3 Workshop Takeaways

Serious illness brings up serious questions, both medical and spiritual. Pastors and caregivers with the right training can help families and medical professionals honor the sick person’s values. Here are three takeaways from a Boston workshop for physicians, pastors, and other caregivers, called “Pastor, Will You Pray with Me? Shepherding Those With Serious Illness.”

Staying Afloat in Multi-Site Ministry: 4 Key Commitments for Long-Term Health

Staying Afloat in Multi-Site Ministry: 4 Key Commitments for Long-Term Health

Multi-site ministry is hard. But a few simple team practices can make the difference between a failed "experiment" and a thriving multi-site community. 

New England's Book of Acts

New England's Book of Acts

New England’s Book of Acts is a 2007 publication of the Emmanuel Gospel Center that captures the stories of how God has been growing his Church among many people groups and ethnic groups in New England. Bursting with stories, research, and inspiration, the 24 reports about these ministry streams were written by leaders from within the groups and by EGC staff. Here's an overview to get you started, and links to the publication and other resources.

The Awkward Dance: Christian Women Leaders Finding Their Footing Amid Conflicting Ideals

The Awkward Dance: Christian Women Leaders Finding Their Footing Amid Conflicting Ideals

When you think good Christian woman, to what extent do you think effective leader? In this post we explore six conflicts-of-ideals reported by participants at the Woven Consultation on Christian women in leadership in March 2016.

7 Twisted Messages: Findings from the 2016 Woven Consultation

 7 Twisted Messages: Findings from the 2016 Woven Consultation

Do the Christian Women you know lead lives of healthy balance? On March 5, 2016, over 100 Boston-area women (non-profit leaders, mothers, students, businesswomen, pastors and other leaders) gathered to address this question. Women of various ethnicities, church affiliations and ages...

The Unsolved Leadership Challenge

The Unsolved Leadership Challenge

In this study of new church development in Greater Boston, we identified at least 95 new congregations which have started in the last seven years. Forty-six were within the city limits of Boston. We completed 41 in-depth interviews with church planters who represented several different denominations, ethnic groups, and networks. The research yielded general information about the church planters and the new churches, with a special focus on women in leadership. The hope is that this study can become a source of “mainstreaming” gender parity discourse within the church, as part of an overall discussion of the practical needs of church planters in the areas of leadership and ministry development

Perspectives on Boston Church Statistics: Is Greater Boston Really Only 2% Evangelical?

Perspectives on Boston Church Statistics: Is Greater Boston Really Only 2% Evangelical?

A frank look at the sources, accuracy, limitations, and weaknesses of some commonly used church statistics in Boston. As convenient and convincing as statistics are, they can be misunderstood, misapplied, and generate misinformation.